7674 - Be Ready

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In Luke 12:35-40 we are studying words which Jesus speaks to his followers. Listen to these verses:

"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

In these verses Jesus is talking to those who are disciples committed to Him. They are to be ready and diligent for the unfolding of future events.
It adds to the urgency of the words Jesus speaks to his disciples and other receptive people when we remember that in about four months or so He will be crucified in Jerusalem.

As we study Scripture relating those last months of His life we gain the sense that Jesus is pushing them to grasp what He is teaching.

Here Jesus is using the illustration of those in a wedding party. Perhaps the friends involved in the events just prior to, during, and after a wedding are as intensely focused for the welfare and joy of the bride and groom as at any comparable event of life.

The important thing is to clearly recognize those who are in the master’s home are committed to serving him well. They are not complacently taking a rest on the couch. Nor are they in the game room entertaining themselves in some distracting exercise.

No! their ears are tuned to the steps of the master on the sidewalk, even if it is the wee hours of night. And the moment the master knocks on the door they open the door to greet him. It is a warm, joyful greeting on both sides. In their inner beings they are content and satisfied with how events have unfolded.

From the master’s perspective, he is very pleased with the faithful execution of the orders and plans he has passed to these people before the events began. The implication is that these friends or servants have gone beyond the call of duty. They have indeed proven their reliable character by being so diligent and attentive.

Notice how the master rewards these people. He is the one who puts on the apron, and tells them to find a place at the table.

Can’t you just see in your mind how they all scurry to the table and take their place, perhaps never thinking who is going to serve. There’s probably a few words of banter as the master serves the meal, and tends to their desires and needs.

In quieter moments they will again appreciate the way the master encouraged them by his willing service to them.

Now think of this in spiritual terms. Jesus is the master. He is the one who will one day return. As his friends and servants, will he find each one of us as attentive and faithful as possible?

For those of whom this scene is true, the Master will serve us in that glad and joyful time of eternity. As Jesus said, let us be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when we do not expect him.

Jesus also left a warning for those of us who might become complacent or preoccupied. He warned about such attitudes leaving an opening for the thief, the evil one, who would want to steal, kill and destroy.

Jesus is saying to every one of his children that we should be attentive, faithful, and focused in life on what He has left for us to do. And we are to be aware and dependent upon Him for victory in the arena of spiritual warfare.